February 7, 2010
J oe DiPietro's and Jimmy Roberts' "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," now playing at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia, deals with universal questions about searching for and finding love, only to discover flaws in our ideal mate that we need to change fast. This light look at relationships, from first date to modern courtship to marriage and beyond, is told in a series of 18 unrelated vignettes. These largely independent segments are tied together by Roberts' music and DiPietro's lyrics.
December 16, 2008
The governor of New York was not amused A Saturday Night Live skit portraying New York's blind governor as a bumbling leader didn't get a laugh from the man himself, Gov. David A. Paterson. Paterson's office said the skit ridiculed people with physical disabilities and implied that disabled people are incapable of having jobs with serious responsibilities. "The governor is sure that Saturday Night Live, with all of its talent, can find a way to be funny without being offensive," Paterson spokesman Errol Cockfield said in a statement.
September 15, 2008
The premiere of the 34th season of Saturday Night Live was one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the TV year. And, for the most part, the production lived up to the hype. Much of the buzz came from having Baltimore's Michael Phelps, the eight-time gold medal winner at the summer Olympics, as host. Phelps made his acting debut in eight sketches - a demanding load for any comedy rookie - and did OK until losing his concentration in the very last sketch of the night, a spoof of his high-calorie diet.
October 6, 2005
"With this offense, I have to remember all these plays we have going into the week, and then trying to remember some kind of skit out there that I'm going to do after I have scored, that's way too much." Torry Holt St. Louis Rams receiver, on elaborate touchdown celebrations "You have to understand this about Albert: He's impossible to pitch to. Try to do something, and he adjusts. He's so smart. I don't think any hitters have no weaknesses. But he's close." Pedro Martinez New York Mets pitcher, on facing the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols
June 30, 2005
Just in time for Independence Day, the Maryland Ensemble Theatre has revived Democracy: A Work in Progress, a show that the Frederick-based company debuted last fall as a prelude to the presidential election. Created collaboratively, then scripted by Don Thompson and directed and designed by Tad Janes, Democracy - at Johns Hopkins University's Mattin Center - uses a series of skits, images, movement and projections to offer a selective survey of democracy from the time of the ancient Greeks onward.
June 26, 2005
Shana Alexander, 79, a trailblazing journalist whose verbal skirmishes with conservative James J. Kilpatrick on CBS' 60 Minutes were spoofed in a Saturday Night Live skit, died of cancer Thursday in Hermosa Beach, Calif. She wrote for magazines including Newsweek and National Geographic and was the first female staff writer employed by Life magazine. She was also the first female editor at McCall's magazine in nearly half a century.